Euthanasia and Voluntary Assisted Suicide – ‘unnecessary and unsafe’

Euthanasia and Voluntary Assisted Suicide – ‘unnecessary and unsafe’

Professor Douglas Bridge, Palliative Care Consultant, explaining his opposition to euthanasia/voluntary assisted suicide

Professor Douglas Bridge is an Emeritus consultant at Royal Perth Hospital, clinical professor in the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology, a consultant physician with WA Country Health Service, and is past president of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

‘More than 30 of Australia and New Zealand’s top palliative care practitioners have joined forces to oppose the introduction of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, describing the practice as “unnecessary and unsafe”.

A letter, authored by Professor Douglas Bridge and co-signed by 32 other palliative care specialists and medical professionals was published in a recent edition of the Medical Journal of Australia’s MJA InSight.

It was a response to an opinion piece recently published in the MJA by Palliative Care Specialist, Professor Emeritus Ian Maddocks, who asked whether it was time to consider an integration of palliative care, euthanasia, and physician assisted suicide (EPAS).’ 

Quote from CatholicOutlook from the Diocese of Parramatta